Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD)
ACPD is a human rights advocacy organization that seeks to enhance the
quality of life of women, men and children by promoting progressive
policies in the field of international development with a primary focus
on reproductive and sexual rights and health (SRHR) and an emerging
focus on international migration and development.
Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating
for policies that help young people make informed and responsible
decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates
provides information, training, and strategic assistance to
youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the
media in the United States and the developing world.
Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Center (ARSRC)
The ARSRC, established in 2003 and housed in the Lagos-based nongovernmental organization Action Health Incorporated,
is part of a Ford Foundation five-year grant-making initiative, "Global
Dialogue of Sexual Health and Well Being." The goal of the ARSRC is to
promote more informed and affirming public dialogue on human sexuality
and to contribute to positive changes in the emerging field of
sexuality in Africa by creating mechanisms for learning at the regional
level. The ARSRC is focused on expanding and shaping discourse,
thinking and action in favor of healthy, respectful, responsible and
pleasurable sexuality; building professional capacity in the emerging
field of sexuality; and fostering links and partnershipsbetween kindred
organizations and individuals working on sexuality issues in Africa.
Alliance for Microbicide Development
The Alliance is a consortium of 36 pharmaceutical companies, scientists
from 36 nonprofit institutions, and representatives from 22 (and
growing) adovcacy groups, all dedicated to the development of topical
microbicides for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections,
importantly including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
ARROW is a nongovernmental, nonprofit women's organization based in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ARROW aims to strengthen initiatives of both
governments and NGOs to reorient health, population, and reproductive
health policies and programmes by incorporating women's perspectives
and using gender analysis toward an improvement in women's health and
The Boston Women's Health Book Collective
The Collective is a nonprofit women's health education, advocacy, and
consulting organization. Their broad purpose is to help individuals and
groups make informed personal and political decisions about health and
medical care, especially as they relate to women. The Collective is
also the publisher of Our Bodies Ourselves.
The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)
CEDPA is a women-focused, nonprofit international organization founded
in 1975. Its mission is to empower women at all levels of society to be
full partners in development.
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
CHANGE works to ensure that the health and population policies of
international institutions supported by the United States government
(such as the US Agency for International Development and the World
Bank) actively promote women's reproductive and sexual health.
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR)
CRR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting women's equality
worldwide by guaranteeing reproductive rights as human rights.
Center for Women's Global Leadership
The 'Global Center's' programs promote the leadership of women and
advance feminist perspectives in policymaking processes in local,
national, and international arenas. The Global Center works from a
human rights perspective with an emphasis on violence against women,
sexual and reproductive health, and socioeconomic well-being.
Child Brides: Stolen Lives on NOW on PBS
In an hour-long special report, NOW takes an unprecedented inside look
at child marriage—a global custom that devastates girls' lives and
hinders the progress of communities. Audio and video files of the
documentary film are available on this website, as well as information
about how you can support efforts to end child marriage.
Communications Consortium Media Consortium (CCMC)
CCMC uses media and new telecommunications technologies as tools for
public education and policy change. CCMC works with other nonprofit
organizations to increase awareness of such issues as global
population, environmental health, saving women's lives, reproductive
health, and more.
Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CONGO)
CONGO, in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations, is an
independent, international, not-for-profit membership association of
nongovernmental organizations that facilitates the participation of
NGOs in United Nations debates and decisions.
Development of Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
DAWN is a network of women scholars and activists from the economic
South, encompassing Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and the
Caribbean, who engage in feminist research and analysis of the global
environment and are committed to working for equitable, gender-just,
and sustainable development.
The Durex Network
The Durex Network develops and supports key initiatives to raise awareness of the safer sex message worldwide to prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS.
Eldis Gender and HIV/AIDS Dossier
Hosted by the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies,
Eldis is a gateway to information on development issues, offering
internet dossiers on a variety of different topics. This narrative
guide documents the research issues, concepts, case studies, and tool
kits needed to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic from a gender perspective.
A useful repository of statistics, reports, and analyses, it provides
up-to-date resources to guide visitors through the key issues and
debates surrounding the gender dimension of HIV/AIDS.
Founded in 1943, EngenderHealth is a nonprofit organization that has
been working internationally for over 30 years to support and
strengthen reproductive health services for women and men worldwide.
Family Care International (FCI)
FCI is dedicated to improving women's sexual and reproductive health
and rights in developing countries, with a special emphasis on making
pregnancy and childbirth safer.
Feminist.com is a site where feminists convene on the net for extensive
information resources to fulfill their goals of awareness, education,
activism, and empowerment. The site includes the first nationwide
database of tens of thousands of women's resources around the country
where you can find a variety of feminist services and organizations.
Feminist Majority Foundation
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), founded in 1987, is dedicated
to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all
spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women
economically, socially, and politically.
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center, an independent, nonprofit information
clearinghouse, is a resource for grantseekers, grantmakers,
researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Center
libraries, located in Atlanta, Cleveland, and San Francisco, provide
access to a unique selection of materials on philanthropy and are open
to the public free of charge.
Global Action Network
The Global Action Network is an online community designed to connect,
educate, and empower young people working in the global population and
reproductive health fields.
Global Health Council
The Global Health Council is the world's largest membership alliance
dedicated to improving health throughout the world. Its mission is to
mobilize effective action by advocating for needed policies and
resources, building networks and alliances among those working to
improve health, and communicating innovative ideas, knowledge and best
practices in the health field.
AGI is a non-profit organization focused on
reproductive health research, policy analysis, and public education.
Its mission is to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men
in the United States and throughout the world, and to support their
ability to obtain the information and services needed to achieve their
full human rights, safeguard their health, and exercise their
individual responsibilities in regard to sexual behavior, reproduction,
and family formation.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization,
dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. It
stands with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold
political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime,
and to bring offenders to justice. It investigates and exposes human
rights violations, holds abusers accountable, and challenges
governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and
respect international human rights law.
InterAction, a coalition of more than 150 nonprofit organizations
concerned with international relief and development—working
worldwide—has information on development, refugees, advocacy, and
disaster response and is a link to job/volunteer opportunities in the
international development community.
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
ICRW's mission is to improve the lives of women in poverty, advance
women's equality and human rights, and contribute to broader economic
and social well-being. It accomplishes this, in partnership with
others, through research, capacity building, and advocacy on issues
affecting women's economic, health, and social status in low- and
International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM)
IPM is a non-profit product development partnership established in 2002
to prevent HIV transmission by accelerating the development and
availability of a safe and effective microbicide for use by women in
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
IPPF links national autonomous Family Planning Associations (FPAs) in
over 150 countries worldwide. IPPF and its member Associations are
committed to promoting the right of women and men to decide freely the
number and spacing of their children and the right to the highest
possible level of sexual and reproductive health.
Ipas is dedicated to the belief that women have a basic right to
reproductive and sexual health care and to make their own reproductive
and sexual choices. We work globally to increase access to high-quality
reproductive health care and to improve women's ability to exercise
their reproductive rights, especially their right to safe, legal
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is an independent philanthropy
focusing on the major health care issues facing the United States. The
Foundation is an independent voice and source of facts and analysis for
policy makers, the media, the health care community, and the general
public. Daily news updates on health policy, reproductive health, and
HIV/AIDS are available at their satellite site, www.kaisernetwork.org.
MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works
in partnership with women's community-based groups in conflict areas
worldwide, providing resources and training that enable its sister
organizations to meet immediate needs in their communities and develop
long-term solutions to the crises they face. MADRE's programs address
armed conflict and forced displacement; women's health and reproductive
rights; economic justice and community development; Indigenous Peoples'
rights and resources, food security and sustainable development; human
rights advocacy; youth; and U.S. foreign policy.
Margaret Sanger Center International (MSCI)
MSCI provides specialized training and tailored technical assistance to
local groups so they can develop their own culturally sensitive
education programs, clinical services, and advocacy. They work with
diverse partners, such as youth associations, family planning
organizations, women’s groups, HIV/AIDS- prevention programs,
government agencies, religious leaders, and traditional healers.
One Woman Can Campaign
Americans for UNFPA is dedicated to building American support for the
work of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and to restoring the
United States’ moral and financial contribution to the organization.
Americans for UNFPA recently launched the One Woman Can campaign,
calling on Americans to take action for the health and dignity of women
Planned Parenthood’s mission is to provide comprehensive reproductive
and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and
protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual; to
advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access
to such services; to provide educational programs which enhance
understanding of individual and societal implications of human
sexuality; and to promote research and the advancement of technology in
reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent
bioethical, behavioral, and social implications.
Population Action International (PAI)
PAI is an independent policy advocacy group working to strengthen
public awareness and political and financial support worldwide for
population programs grounded in individual rights. It fosters the
development of U.S. and international policy on urgent population and
reproductive health issues through an integrated program of research,
advocacy and communications.
The Population Council is an international, nonprofit institution that
conducts research on three fronts: biomedical, social science, and
public health. With this research—and the information it produces—the
Council attempts to change the way people think about problems related
to reproductive health and population growth.
Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
PRB provides timely and independent information on U.S. and
international population trends and their implications. It informs
policymakers, educators, the media, and concerned citizens working in
the public interest around the world through a broad range of
activities, including publications, information services, seminars and
workshops, and technical support.
Program on Women, Health and Development at the Pan American Health Organization (HDW/PAHO)
HDW/PAHO promotes and supports initiatives that respond to the
challenge of achieving gender equity in health and human development.
It includes a useful introduction to a gender perspective on women's
health, explains program objectives and connects with other internet
The Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health, and Ethics (TRC)
TRC is an international, multi-faith network of progressive feminist
religious scholars and leaders who seek out the positive, renewable
moral energies of their faith traditions and direct them to the
inter-related issues of population, consumption, ecology, reproductive
health, and the empowerment of women.
Reproductive Health Matters (RHM)
RHM is a journal that edits and produces publications on sexual and
reproductive health and rights issues for a multi-disciplinary,
international audience. Its aim is to promote laws, policies, research
and services that meet women’s reproductive health needs and support
women’s right to decide whether, when and how to have children; to
examine experiences, values, information and issues from the point of
view of the women whose lives are affected; to motivate improvements in
policy, services and practice to women's benefit; and to inspire new
thinking and action in the field.
Reproductive Health Outlook (RHO)
The RHO website provides summaries of up-to-date information, links to
the best, in-depth reproductive health information on the web, and the
chance to communicate with international experts and peers through its
Community Forum message boards. RHO is especially designed for
reproductive health program managers and decisionmakers working in
Reproductive Health Response in Conflict (RHRC) Consortium
Consortium members are committed to promoting comprehensive
reproductive health programs for all refugee women, men, and
adolescents. Service provision is based on demand as articulated by
refugees, internally displaced persons, and war-affected populations.
Research, Action and Information Network for the Bodily Integrity of Women (RAINBO)
RAINBO is an international not-for-profit organization working on
issues within the intersection between health and human rights of
women. Starting with the issue of Female Circumcision/Female Genital
Mutilation (FC/FGM), it explores ways of preventing this and other
forms of gender-based violence.
RH Reality Check
Launched in 2006, RH Reality Check is an online community and
publication serving individuals and organizations committed to
advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. The site exists as
a resource for evidence-based information, provocative commentary, and
interactive dialogue. RH Reality Check contributes to the global effort
to empower people with the information, services and leadership they
need to safeguard their sexual and reproductive health and rights and
to guard against false attacks and misinformation.
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
SIECUS is a 33 year-old nonprofit, dedicated to affirming that
sexuality is a natural and healthy part of life. SIECUS develops,
collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive
education, and advocates the rights of individuals to make responsible
sexual choices. Check out SIECUS's site for a clearinghouse of sexual
Third Wave Foundation
The Third Wave Foundation is a feminist, activist foundation working
nationally in the United States to support young women 15 to 30.
Through financial resources, public education, and relationship
building, Third Wave helps support and strengthen young women and their
allies working for gender, racial, social, and economic justice.
UNIFEM Gender and AIDS Web Portal
In collaboration with UNAIDS, UNIFEM created this online resource
center and web portal in response to the growing demand for
gender-specific knowledge and information about HIV/AIDS. The portal
provides a range of information, materials, debates and practical
tools, links to other websites on gender and HIV/AIDS, as well as a
place for the global community to share insights, materials, research,
model programs, and much more.
Women Deliver is a landmark global conference that will focus on
creating political will to save the lives and improve the health of
women, mothers, and newborn babies around the world. It will be held
October 18-20, 2007 in London. The experts agree: with increased
political will and adequate financial investment, most women and
newborns can survive so that their families, communities and nations
Women's eNews is a nonprofit, independent news service covering the issues that are of particular concern to women.
Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
WEDO is an international advocacy network that seeks to increase the
power of women worldwide as policymakers in governance and in
policymaking institutions, forums and processes, at all levels, to
achieve economic and social justice, a peaceful and healthy planet and
human rights for all.
World Health Organization: Reproductive Health
The World Health Organization's research page on reproductive health,
including the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research,
Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction - HRP.
World Health Organization: Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)
World Pulse Media
Pulse is a media enterprise covering global issues through the eyes of
women and is dedicated to listening to and broadcasting the unheard voices
and innovative solutions of women worldwide. They produce World
Pulse Magazine and PulseWire, an interactive community newswire where
women can speak for themselves to the world and connect to solve global
The SVRI aims to build an experienced and committed network of
researchers, policymakers, service providers, activists, and donors to
ensure that the many aspects of sexual violence are addressed from the
perspective of different disciplines and cultures. The SVRI web site
provides information about the SVRI and contains links to documents and
other resources on sexual violence and sexual violence research.
The Youth Coalition
The Youth Coalition is an international coalition of young people (ages
15-29 years) committed to promoting adolescent and youth sexual and
reproductive rights at the national, regional and international levels.
It is made up of students, researchers, volunteers, educators, NGO
workers, and activists. Since its formation in 1999, the Youth
Coalition has participated in many regional and international
decision-making processes as advocates for adolescent and youth sexual
and reproductive rights. The Youth Coalition has also conducts
trainings on advocacy and international negotiations for young people
around the world.